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ESA is about to launch the most sophisticated of Earth Observation satellites to investigate the Earth's gravitational field with unprecedented resolution and accuracy.
In the electronics industry, thin metal films are deposited on silicon wafers with a sputter gun, which uses energetic ions â€“ atoms with a positive charge â€“ to knock the metal atoms off a target.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft shut down its ion propulsion system today as scheduled and now the spacecraft is now gliding toward a Mars flyby in February of next year.
Researchers at Hampshire defense and security firm Qinetiq are currently testing ion thrusters, which they hope will one day bring spacecraft to the planets through solar energy.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully completed the first test of its ion propulsion system over the weekend. The system is vital to the success of Dawn's 8-year, 1.6 billion-kilometer (3-billion-mile) journey to asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft rocketed away Thursday toward an unprecedented double encounter in the asteroid belt. Dawn's mission is the world's first attempt to journey to a celestial body and orbit it, then travel to another and circle it as well.
Launch and flight teams are in final preparations for the planned Sept. 27 liftoff from Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., of NASA's Dawn mission. The Dawn spacecraft will venture into the heart of the asteroid belt.
What if you need to motor somewhere three billion-plus miles off the beaten path - somewhere where neither regular nor premium unleaded have so far feared to tread?
Europe's first mission to the moon got a scare, but ground controllers made a last-minute course correction early Saturday that kept the craft from hitting the surface earlier than planned.
- totally perplexed and mixed up.
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